Bielsa may forever regret Leeds not signing £20m “game-changer” who tore Alioski apart – opinion

Leeds United could have missed out on another gem during the summer transfer window, and it wouldn’t be for the first time either…

What was the word?

Ahead of the domestic deadline, the Whites were touted as a potential destination for Norwich City playmaker Emi Buendia just a few months after the Daily Mail claimed that it would cost £25m for Victor Orta to land him.

Although, the Yorkshire giants massively missed out back in the summer of 2018 – prior to his move to the Canaries.

The 23-year-old maestro impressed during a spell on loan to Cultural Leonesa, who have a special partnership with Leeds United.

Sporting director Stuart Webber told the Telegraph: “We literally found him from nowhere. The most interesting part of it is that Buendia was on loan at Cultural Leonesa, who are owned by Leeds. Luckily we got in there under Leeds’ noses.”

One that got away?

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He may find himself back in the Championship, despite a transfer plea for a top-flight side to come and sign him this summer, but he’s continued to punish United for not signing him when they had their chance.

At the weekend, he scored his first goal of the season to take his total to three goal contributions from six league appearances. Buendia is also averaging an enormous 3.5 key passes per game, via WhoScored.

Throw in an average of 2.8 shots and 1.8 tackles per match too, and then you’ve got a player who seems ripe for Marcelo Bielsa’s style of football – high-intensity pressing and very much direct.

Buendia tore apart Bielsa during one game in his first season, managing six dribbles, one key pass and 11 ground duels won against Gjanni Alioski (per SofaScore) – it’s no wonder the live-wire is no longer considered a left-back anymore.

He was available for just £20m in the summer if reports are to be believed.

Bielsa only really has Pablo Hernandez, who isn’t getting any younger and stormed off the pitch when substituted on Monday, and summer signing Rodrigo able to play that creative role behind the striker, so adding Buendia couldn’t have been a more sensible decision.

Once dubbed a “game-changer” by Daniel Farke, the Argentinian dynamo would’ve been the perfect arrival having contributed to eight goals in 28 starts in the Premier League last term.

Bielsa and Orta could long regret this one.

AND in other news, Leeds star who lost 66% of his duels let Marcelo Bielsa down badly in Foxes mauling…

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